Tonight, something seemed off in the bar. We weren't thrilled with our cocktails (all $9): an Agricole Mule (rum, lime, ginger, mint), a Gaby de Lys (gin, orgeat, absinthe, bitters), and a Monte Carlo (rye, Benedictine, bitters, orange). We switched the drinks around among us, trying to find a happy home, but without success. The orderer of the Monte Carlo said it tasted somewhat insecticidal. We were happier with our desserts, especially the lush vanilla gelato ($7) topped with a slick of extra-virgin olive oil and a sprinkle of sea salt. It was much more interesting than the dense chocolate and pear budin ($8).

The glasses —and the restaurant —are full.
Jen Siska
The glasses —and the restaurant —are full.

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Beretta

1199 Valencia
San Francisco, CA 94110

Category: Restaurant > Italian

Region: Mission/ Bernal Heights

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695-1199, www.berettasf.com. Dinner Monday-Friday 5:30 p.m.-1 a.m.; lunch and dinner Saturday-Sunday noon-1 a.m. Reservations accepted for parties of six or more. Wheelchair accessible. Parking: street, moderately difficult. Muni: 14, 26, 49, 67. Noise level: high.
1199 Valencia (at 23rd St.)

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We exited through a side door and discovered a quiet little patio where people were enjoying supper in the still-light evening. Again, my ears were ringing. Beretta, noise and all, apparently suits its clientele to perfection. But not for me. I'd go along with Yogi Berra: "Nobody goes there anymore. It's too crowded."

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